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RULE §155.301Required Form of Pleadings

(a) Content generally. Written requests for action in a contested case shall be typewritten or printed legibly in 8-1/2 x 11 inch format and timely filed at SOAH in accordance with the method and format required by §155.101 of this chapter. All filings shall contain or be accompanied by the following:

  (1) the name of the party seeking action;

  (2) the SOAH docket number;

  (3) the parties to the case and their status as petitioner or respondent;

  (4) a concise statement of the type of relief, action, or order desired by the pleader and identification of the specific reasons for and facts to support the action requested;

  (5) a certificate of service, as required by §155.105(a)(2) of this chapter;

  (6) any other matter required by statute or rule; and

  (7) the signature of the submitting party or the party's authorized representative.

(b) Amendment or supplementation of pleadings. A party may amend or supplement its pleadings as follows:

  (1) As to a proceeding in which a state agency has the burden of proof and intends to rely on a section of a statute or rule not previously referenced in the notice of hearing, the agency must amend the notice of hearing not later than the seventh day before the hearing. This subsection does not prohibit the state agency from filing an amendment during the hearing provided, if requested, the opposing party is granted a continuance of at least seven days to prepare its case.

  (2) As to all other matters in a pleading, an amendment or supplementation that includes information material to the substance of the hearing, requests for relief, changes to the scope of the hearing, or other matters that unfairly surprise other parties may not be filed later than seven days before the date of the hearing, except by agreement of all parties or by permission of the judge.

Source Note: The provisions of this §155.301 adopted to be effective November 26, 2008, 33 TexReg 9451; amended to be effective January 1, 2017, 41 TexReg 8593; amended to be effective November 29, 2020, 45 TexReg 8295

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